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Women Concerned About Silent Rupture in Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Nearly 75 percent of women say they’d be “very” or “constantly” concerned about “silent” or unknown ruptures of silicone gel breast implants, according to survey results presented recently at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Three surveys of 1,143 women showed 97 percent want to know if silicone gel implants rupture, with 95 percent wanting the faulty implant replaced even if it’s not causing symptoms. And surgeons – especially men – need to more diligently heed patients’ concerns about ruptures, said Vivian Ting, a California-based surgeon.

“The surveys clearly showed that the majority of women have very real concerns about silicone gel in their bodies and the risk of silent rupture,” Dr. Ting told attendees at the Aesthetica Super Symposium of ASPS in Las Vegas last week. “Surgeons may underestimate this anxiety simply because they don’t share the concern, in great part because 90 percent are male. Yet a woman’s anxiety about what is in her body is a critical part of the full treatment picture.”

Read the full press release here.